Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer, Release Date, Cast, And Theories

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer, Release Date, Cast, And Theories

A new Star Wars movie is always going to generate
a certain amount of hype, but the upcoming final installment in the Skywalker Saga may
just be the most anticipated film in the franchise yet. Here’s everything you need to know about Star
Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The first trailer for Episode IX revealed
that the film was titled The Rise of Skywalker, but that was just one of several surprises
that the teaser had in store. The opening shots find Rey showing off her
new abilities in a stand-off with a TIE Fighter on a desert planet that is likely Pasaana,
a new location revealed by the coverage of a set visit by Vanity Fair. Finn and Poe also get in on the action, and
there’s also a cheeky shot of the droid D-O, BB-8’s new companion. But one of the biggest takeaways from the
first teaser comes as a stinger at the end. Despite having been thrown to his seemingly
certain death by Darth Vader in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, it seems that Emperor Palpatine
is somehow coming back. The Episode IX trailer ends with a shot of
the Death Star’s wreckage and Palpatine’s unmistakable cackle, implying that The Rise
of Skywalker will see a new generation of heroes facing off against the Dark Lord of
the Sith. Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid also appeared
onstage at Star Wars Celebration 2019 immediately after the big trailer reveal, essentially
confirming his involvement in the movie. “Roll it again.” Like The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before
it, The Rise of Skywalker is hitting cineplexes worldwide in December. The trilogy-capper was originally scheduled
to be released in May 2019, but a series of destabilizing changes behind the scenes made
that target unattainable. Not long after Disney removed directors Phil
Lord and Chris Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, and sidelined Gareth Edwards on Rogue
One in favor of rewrites and reshoots supervised by Tony Gilroy, Colin Trevorrow was also fired
from The Rise of Skywalker. According to The Wall Street Journal, Lucasfilm
president Kathleen Kennedy considered bringing The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson back for
Episode IX at one stage, but the powers that be ultimately opted for the steady hand of
J.J. Abrams instead. The Rise of Skywalker will be released on
December 20, 2019 in the United States, though many overseas fans will get to see the film
a little sooner. The U.K., Australia, Brazil, and Argentina
are all getting the movie on December 19, while residents of Italy, France, Norway and
Sweden can see the movie a day earlier than that. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac are returning, they’re the heroes of the sequel
trilogy, after all. But they’ll be joined by a whole host of faces
both familiar and new. For fans of the original trilogy, one of the
biggest moments in the Episode IX trailer was seeing Lando Calrissian back in the cockpit
of the Millennium Falcon. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Billy
Dee Williams was reprising the role in July 2018, but details of Lando’s part in The Rise
of Skywalker were kept under wraps in the months that followed. Many now believe that Naomi Ackie, who is
playing a new character named Jannah, will be revealed as Lando’s daughter during the
film. The up-and-coming British actress was asked
about this at Star Wars Celebration 2019, and her noncommittal answer only served to
fuel rumors that she’s a member of the Calrissian family. She told IGN: “Lando is a very charming man, so he could
have children all over the universe, that’s all I’m saying.” “You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us among the clouds.” Dominic Monaghan of Lost and The Force Awakens’
Greg Grunberg also both have roles in The Rise of Skywalker, and they aren’t the only
Abrams alumni appearing, Mission Impossible III’s Keri Russell is also playing a new masked
antagonist by the name of Zorri Bliss. One theory that’s gained a lot of traction
following the release of The Rise of Skywalker’s first trailer posits that the title isn’t
actually referring to any single character. A number of people now believe that the word
Skywalker will become a term used to describe members of a brand new order, one that is
at peace with both sides of the Force. As Inverse puts it: “These people, from Rey to Kylo Ren, to that
little stable boy with the broom at the end of The Last Jedi, will not be Jedi or Sith. They will be Skywalkers.” Comments made by The Rise of Skywalker director
J.J. Abrams seem to support this theory. At Celebration 2019, Abrams told fans: “This movie is about the new generation. What they’ve inherited, the light and the
dark, and ask the question about facing the greatest evil: are they ready?” In May 2018, a Reddit poster with an impressive
track record when it comes to Star Wars spoilers claimed to have seen what was described as
a very early storyboard for Episode IX. This alleged production art begins some five
years after the events of The Last Jedi, and it seems that, in that time, Kylo Ren has
managed to hoodwink the entire galaxy. The user wrote: “Kylo Ren’s rule over the galaxy is seen by
most as benevolent. Many within the Resistance itself are questioning
why they should even be fighting.” This post came hot on the heels of John Boyega
teasing that Finn would have a new hairdo in Episode IX. He told Yahoo: “I can’t wait to start shooting the next and
final leg of the franchise. The first step is growing out my hair, so
you can wait for the trailer to see why.” This all but confirmed that the story will
catch up with Finn and the surviving members of the Resistance sometime in the future,
but will five years really have passed? That’s what those earlier spoilers claimed,
but according to an article in Empire, it’s not exactly the case. In its official 2019 preview, the magazine
stated: “John Boyega has confirmed [Episode IX] takes
place one year after the events of The Last Jedi.” So while a time jump may be in effect, it
also might not be that drastic. After purchasing the rights to Star Wars for
more than $4 billion in 2012, Disney decided to clean house in a big way when it comes
to the series’ canon. Prior to the release of The Force Awakens,
the company declared that all Expanded Universe materials, essentially, anything that wasn’t
depicted in the franchise’s movies or television shows, were no longer considered to be official
Star Wars canon. The Mouse House then set about creating its
own line of short stories, comics, and books to tie in with the new continuity, and one
such release in the new Expanded Universe might just include a huge clue about a major
development for an Episode IX character. In the 27th issue of the Poe Dameron comic
series, a conversation Poe has with Rey and Finn seems to confirm that he’s been unwittingly
channeling the Force all this time. Marvel’s Poe Dameron comics overlap with J.J.
Abrams’ The Force Awakens. #26 explained how Dameron survived that crash
on Jakku and filled in what he did between then and rescuing Rey and Finn from the First
Order, but it was the following issue that really got readers talking. In that story, Dameron admits that he’s been
able to tap into some kind of “energy” while flying, prompting both Rey and Leia to suggest
he’s been using the Force. The seeds of this reveal were actually planted
in the 2015 series Star Wars: Shattered Empire. This prelude to The Force Awakens explains
how Luke Skywalker gave remnants of a force sensitive tree to Dameron’s parents, who used
them to grow a new tree at home on Yavin 4. Dameron even mentions growing up around this
tree, further foreshadowing his connection to the Force. During The Last Jedi, Yoda showed up as a
Force Ghost to help troubled former student Luke Skywalker come to his senses and embrace
his failures, a standout moment in the saga’s divisive eighth episode. Yoda was rendered in CGI for the prequel trilogy,
but Johnson chose to go back to basics and brought in Frank Oz to operate a slightly
updated Yoda puppet. Creature designer Neal Scanlan said: “We just felt that it was absolutely right
and proper that we create the puppet in the closest likeness to the original and to give
Frank exactly what he had the first time around.” Renowned puppeteer Oz, who provides Yoda’s
distinctive voice as well as his movements, could also soon be adding Episode IX to his
impressive résumé, if a new report is to be believed. According to the New York Daily News, a source
with apparent knowledge of the production has revealed that J.J. Abrams is going to
bring Force Ghost Yoda back. The insider said: “The success of the scenes featuring Yoda
in The Last Jedi were huge. Yoda will again appear as a ghost as he acknowledges
Rey’s success and growth as a Jedi.” Lucasfilm’s original position on Carrie Fisher’s
inclusion in future Star Wars movies was pretty clear, she wouldn’t be appearing in any. Before the release of The Last Jedi, Kathleen
Kennedy told ABC: “Sadly, Carrie will not be in [Episode] IX.” The idea that they could digitally render
a version of Fisher like they did with Peter Cushing’s Tarkin in Rogue One was quickly
ruled out after execs met with Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. All parties reportedly agreed that it would
be disrespectful. At the time, bringing Leia back with unused
footage from The Last Jedi was also said to have been off the table, but things have shifted
since then. Disney have since confirmed that Fisher will
indeed be in Episode IX, with J.J. Abrams apparently set to use footage shot for both
The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens. According to ABC’s Clayton Sandell, who spoke
to Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd on podcast The Resistance Broadcast, the family are very
happy about what Abrams has planned. “Wait a minute, where’d she go? Bring her back. Play back the entire message.” The idea of Darth Vader returning to the big
screen in Episode IX might seem ludicrous on the surface, but it seems Disney has been
subtly paving the way for the iconic Sith Lord to play some part in the upcoming installment. After reading Marvel’s Darth Vader comics,
which chronicle the villain’s first years working under the Emperor, ScreenRant noticed
one small detail that could be foreshadowing a future appearance in the movies. The ins and outs of becoming a Force Ghost
have been up for discussion among Star Wars fans ever since Luke Skywalker passed on in
controversial fashion at the end of The Last Jedi. The assumption was that returning as a Force
Ghost was something only those in tune with the light side of the Force could do, but
shouldn’t the Sith have their own version of this phenomenon? Turns out they do, and it was explained in
the pages of the Vader comic. In the story in question, Vader is gifted
a mask that once belonged to another powerful Sith called Darth Momin. Momin’s “residue” was still attached to the
artifact when Palpatine gave it to his third and final apprentice, who used it to help
erect his castle on Mustafar. The forgotten Sith was able to influence others,
and tell his story to Vader, via the mask. ScreenRant’s prediction is that Vader will
similarly influence proceedings in Episode IX, seeing as his grandson Kylo Ren is in
possession of Vader’s half-melted mask. The backlash that Ed Sheeran received following
his Game of Thrones appearance ought to have put him off cameos for life, but if rumors
circulating in the British press are to be believed, the award-winning singer-songwriter
has gone on to film a scene for Episode IX, too. Sheeran abandoned his Twitter account after
irate Game of Thrones fans told him exactly what they thought about him popping up as
a Lannister soldier in the season 7 opener. Luckily for Sheeran, fans won’t be able to
spot his mystery scene in the upcoming Star Wars installment, because his famous red hair
will be hidden by a stormtrooper’s helmet. Dan Woolton, executive editor of The Sun,
confirmed: “I can reveal the world’s most successful
male singer has been seen suiting up for scenes to appear in Episode IX, which has been filming
at Pinewood Studios since August.” Sheeran won’t be the first famous Englishman
to don the iconic white uniform on the sly; Daniel Craig snuck into The Force Awakens
as a Stormtrooper in a scene with Rey, and Princes William and Harry were in The Last
Jedi, though their scene only made the home version as an added extra. According to London’s Evening Standard, the
royals were cut out of the final movie because they were just too tall to be stormtroopers. With appearances in Doctor Who and Game of
Thrones under his belt, veteran character actor Richard E. Grant already had some major
fan cred when he was cast in The Rise of Skywalker. As it turns out, he’s a big Star Wars fanboy
himself. On the podcast Happy Sad Confused, the actor
opened about the moment J.J. Abrams told him he’d be part of the final chapter in the Skywalker
saga, and revealed how he was so excited that he couldn’t actually take anything in. For a time, the most popular theory was that
Grant would be taking on the role of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a popular Expanded Universe
villain reintroduced into canon in the third season of Star Wars Rebels, but the actor
outright debunked that rumor when the Radio Times asked him about it. When Vanity Fair released a huge Episode IX
cover story in May 2019, the identity of Grant’s character was finally revealed, he’s playing
a new villain named Allegiant General Pryde. As the magazine reported: “The Oscar nominee promises to bring on-screen
menace and off-screen glee.” Most fans didn’t love the fact that The Last
Jedi neglected to include the Knights of Ren, a team of warriors first teased in the promotional
materials for The Force Awakens. Kylo Ren’s band of fighters appear briefly
when Rey touches Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and triggers a force vision, but they were
left out of Rian Johnson’s follow-up because he couldn’t find a place for them in the movie. According to Vanity Fair’s Lev Grossman, however,
The Rise of Skywalker is going to finally provide some answers about the mysterious
gang. Fans got their first good look at these so-called
“elite fearsome enforcers of Kylo Ren’s dark will” in Annie Leibovitz’s extensive photoshoot,
and what’s immediately clear is that they’re not your typical Star Wars villains. In contrast to the sleek and shiny look adopted
by the First Order and the Galactic Empire before it, the Knights of Ren wear dirty,
rag-tag armor and carry over-the-top weapons. Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson wrote: “Their D.I.Y. look, including one especially
lethal-looking gun arm, would be equally at home in one of the Mad Max movies.” Their identities have not yet been revealed,
though fans think they have a pretty good idea about where they came from. In The Last Jedi, Luke reveals that Kylo vanished
with a handful of his Padawan learners when he set the temple ablaze and turned his back
on the Jedi. Did Luke’s former students become the Knights
of Ren? Now that the Emperor’s involvement in The
Rise of Skywalker has been confirmed, it’s safe to assume that he’ll be involved in the
film’s final battle. Who, where, and how he’ll be battling isn’t
really certain, but according to Making Star Wars editor Jason Ward, there’s a huge rumor
doing the rounds that pits Kylo Ren against Palpatine, in the form of Matt Smith. The British actor has been telling journalists
that he isn’t in Episode IX, but that’s a claim that runs contrary to many reports about
the movie. Even international Disney websites are listing
the former Doctor Who star as being among the cast, and Jason Ward believes that he’ll
be playing a critical role. Ward reported: “A really solid source over the years passed
on something they heard internally. The rumor is that Matt Smith isn’t Palpatine
reborn or rejuvenated, but a dark side acolyte…During the final act of the film, Rey and Kylo team
up to fight the Palpatine-possessed Matt Smith.” Ward’s inside source claims that Kylo Ren
is possessed by the Emperor after killing his host body, leading to one last moment
of redemption. The tormented son of Han Solo and Leia Organa
has enough light left in him to lay down his arms so Rey can finish the job, becoming Ben
Solo again in his final moments. With Kylo Ren dead and Rey being apparently
too pure of a person for the Emperor to possess, the fight against Palpatine is won at last. Luke Skywalker vanishes after helping Leia
and what’s left of the Resistance escape at the end of the The Last Jedi, passing on peacefully
into the Force. It was a highly divisive moment for fans,
and one that director Rian Johnson was forced to defend. As the backlash grew, Johnson reminded everyone
that we may not have seen the last of Skywalker. He told Variety: “I don’t know where the next movie is going
to go. But it seemed like the potential of Luke crossing
into [a] new realm, that offers exciting possibilities for the role he plays in the coming chapter.” Yoda returned as a Force Ghost in The Last
Jedi, and rumors that Skywalker will do the same in the upcoming sequel have been around
for some time now. In 2018, Pinewood insiders claimed that sets
were being erected for two Episode IX scenes involving Mark Hamill. An Express source claimed: “This may well indicate that Luke will appear
as a Force Ghost to Kylo Ren and Rey separately.” Thanks to Hamill himself, this rumor can now
be classified as a spoiler, the actor has since confirmed he’s appearing as a Force
Ghost in The Rise of Skywalker. In June 2019, he told the Associated Press: “The fact that I’m involved in any capacity
is only because of that peculiar aspect of the Star Wars mythology in that, as a Jedi,
you’re allowed to come back and make a curtain call as a Force Ghost.” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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100 thoughts on “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer, Release Date, Cast, And Theories

  • The Last Jedi was really really bad. Because of that movie i skipped Solo and will skip Episode 9.
    What is worse for me is Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm employees and the media have gone out of there way to insult Star Wars fans for not liking the Last Jedi.
    It's them saying we can make a terrible movie and you will not complain about it. If you complain you are a racist, sexist etc.
    My money is staying in my wallet. I will not support any more Woke Disney Star Wars.

  • English royalty won't shake your hand or even touch you but they'll hug Chewbacca in a second.

    Deep down everybody wants to be a kid again.

  • Hype no, frightened yes, i'm scared disney will destroy even more the franchise

    and makes me hate star wars in its entirety, but joke apart disney managed to make

    me miss Ja Jar.. incredible but true

    thank you disney.

  • After seeing how bad disney fucked up star wars and everything they get their hands on. Yeah you can fuck right off looper.

  • New Star Wars movie, hah. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I've looked forward to dental appointments with more anticipation than I do another 'Disney Star Wars' movie.

  • Most anticipated movie yet?? You been in the bar all day before you made this ffs 🤦🏻‍♂️😂😂

  • "… most anticipated film in the franchise yet…" Not hardly. I'm anticipating the Star Wars Christmas Special reboot.

  • That Palpatine Laugh is just the Ring-Tone on Vader's phone. It went down the shaft with Darth Trump. It's a Nokia so it's been keeping it's charge and ringing for the last 35 years on Endor. True Story.

  • @Looper you know just as well as I do it's not even close to being highly anticipated it's at best a morbid curiosity and only bc of Lando and Palpatine

  • Lot of people hating on this movie, yet they probably paid to watch Disney's horrible "live action" remakes that make TLJ look like The Godfather.

  • Neither Death Stars had any wreckage to fall onto any planets because they were blown to smithereens; nice try Disney! Dorks!

  • Hype?!?! What are you talking about? Tell me something like a lesbian sex scene with Rey, and… Yeah, 'hype' it will.

  • Agreed : I will never watch another Star Wars movie again – with these characters on this timeline : ( It Died when Yoda Burned the Tree ) .

  • I guess J. J. is gonna make it so Luke didn't really die. Or Rey was lied to… I hope he sneaks in a joke about what a monumental asshole Ryan Johnson is.

  • Most anticipated? Really? Even the opening scene in the trailer is weird – why would the ship skim the surface instead of blasting her from above?

  • Why would "Vader" be any part of this . . . except maybe in flashbacks or Force visions . . . because ANAKIN SKYWALKER has already become One with the Force, thanks to his son, Luke?! They can't make Anakin's Force Ghost turn from the Light Side to the Dark Side now that he's already dead. The Force don't work that way.

  • disney – a company not worth a capital letter. Better yet, google the relationship between pedophiles and star wars uber male fans. Not good reading.

  • Disney basically destroyed its own franchise. I don’t know anyone anymore who cares about The New Star Wars. Disney should just shelve it for a Decade and hope by then people would of forgotten the last Jedi and how they treated the original Star Wars cast and crew.

  • It seams like the production team will have an awful lot to explain and cover within a couple of hours… The story could become a mess but we'll see about that.

  • LOL, No one is interested in the garbage Star Wars series any more. I don't know anyone who is "hyped" to waste money on this.

  • the new movies suck, rogue one was decent but the rest is just trash. the plot the dialog and the endings just pure disney trash. i can barely watch them

  • WOW, your way behind. No one is anticipating this crapfest. You can see the proof in that in the failure of Star Wars Land at Disney. You are just lying to pump up the non-existent audience. Indeed we see this when you say people will no longer be Jedi but will be called by the far more stupid 'Skywalker', and then a few lines later you actually say that Yoda will appear as a force ghost will tell rey that she is a good 'Jedi'. LOL. See, when you are a shill you just read talking points you don't notice conflicts in what you say. LOL Fandom Menace.

  • For People That Have No Interest In This Film..
    Then Your No Star Wars Fan…
    If You Even Loved The Originals, You Would Want To Watch This Anyway, Because This Film Is 42 Years In The Making..

  • There were so many ways to make a good sequel to the original trilogy yet somehow they missed every fucking one of them.

  • Right been hype over mary sue nonsense episode 7 was bad episode 8 was atrocious and episode 9 is going worse than 8. So no thanks heck even episode 1, 2, and 3 are much better compared to 7, 8, and what ever crap episode 9 is going to be.

  • idk man to me it has always seemed plausible that not only is snoke plageus but palpatine was plageus the entire time in all 6 movies before this trilogy. why i say this is the idea of essence transfer and palpatine in dark empire distracts ppl from the actual possibility he is possessed by plageus. basically plageus used palpatines desire to kill him according to the rule of two as the means to possess palpatine at the moment he murders him. as luke said striek me down in anger and i will always be with you. anyway what happened was plageus possessed palpatine at "his death" and this is why snoke, whom is plageus, after palpatine's body was dead came to kylo for a new apprentice/host and also why completing kylo's training was a reference to making him strong enough and no longer too conflicted to kill his master and who's goal as snoke/plageusis to essence transfer into him as he did when palpatine tried to kill him. it's basically a cycle of plageus looking for a host to train as an apprentice to ultimately essence transfer to every generation. he needs someone that is strong enough in the dark to be compatible for essence transfer. this is why he confronts the light and dark in his throne room in both RoTJ and TLJ and even dooku and anakin. its because if the jedi wins he did so in anger and has a seed of dark and snoke/plaeus will have a new stronger apprentice, if the other wins then his plan of the current apprentice is on track. he cannot lose cannot be betrayed for this reason. he is immortal in that sense. there is precedent for this type of thing in legends with darth tenebrous. in reality plageus could be tenebrous if they stick more to legends but i think they wont do that because they would need to explain all about tenebrous somehow to even relay the rest of the story and they cant do that in one cannon movie
    plageus is a plague this is why he always needs a host to spread like a plague

  • We need more underdeveloped characters and mary sues, also color hair women running the rebel alliance.

    "Mon Calamari lives matters!"

  • Sorry Looper but no. Nothing. TFA and TLJ made too many of us old fans just not care. Disney made it clear we don't matter so what was left to get hyped about?

  • Everyone who says it’s going to be trash, it may be. But I’m still going to see it. Also consider that George Lucas helping to make the movie.

  • I think this will be a movie that is necessary to see but not necessarily good. I may be surprised.

  • not even near half a million views here and it's considered "highly anticipated." don't be stupid and please stop being delusional bcus u love the franchise

  • You could bring back Han and Luke..bring Carrie Fisher back from the dead..You'd still get an insult of a movie. Lucas made the originals and even the hated prequels out of love for film and art. Disney Star Wars is a business. Hollywood is a complete business. It used to take chances on new ideas but that ended at the close of the last century. Reboots and remakes of reboots. Sane goes for music. Remember Bands? Songwriters? Talented instrument players? Now it's auto tuned women with songs that consist of three notes. Culture is dead in the west.

  • Rian Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy are a joke and i will never watch anything they have had anything to do with , there ideas are s**t

  • "Use the Force Luke!" Make no
    mistake, this force is very real! Christians know this force. They call Him the Holy
    Spirit! Wearing the Armor of God, Disciples of Christ let the Holy
    Spirit fill and flow through them as they wield the Sword of the Spirit, known
    as the "Life Saver" – the living Word of God! Join us in the
    battle against the dark forces as we bring the word of salvation in Jesus
    Christ to all! And may the Holy Spirit be with you, always! 


    Jesus said: “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will
    teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26 NIV)  

    To begin your journey to the “light” side accept Jesus as
    your Lord and Savior and you will be granted eternal life! Jesus said: "I am the way and the truth and the
    life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) 

    Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of
    Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of
    the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) Then He will give you a spiritual gift!

    “1 Corinthians 12” in your bible for more information on spiritual gifts!

    "are" the words you are looking for.

    For whoever calls on
    the name of the Lord will be saved!

  • I've talked to my die-hard Star Wars friends, and they are NOT hyped for this movie. "The Last Jedi" left a bad taste in their mouths.

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